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For Immediate Release

August 1, 2003

Whitworth Student Elected President of Associated Intercollegiate Nursing Students

Jacqueline Pegan, a Whitworth student attending the Intercollegiate College of Nursing at Washington State University, has been elected president of the Associated Intercollegiate Nursing Students (AINS) for the 2003-2004 school year.

AINS is an organization representing all nursing students at the Intercollegiate College of Nursing. Tina Bayne, assistant dean for undergraduate studies and associate professor at WSU, says AINS helps students to assume service responsibilities in nursing and the community, provides social and recreational activities for the students and ensures student representation on the College of Nursing committees. In the past, AINS has provided nursing students with programs ranging from cruises to massages and barbecues.

Originally from Everson, Wash., Pegan expects to graduate in December 2004. As president of AINS, she will be the official spokesperson for the ICN student body. She will oversee meetings of the board of directors, help with the orientation of new students, propose the annual budget and serve as an ambassador for the college.

"Being president will teach me how to delegate tasks and it will give me experience as the leader of a very diverse group," Pegan says.

Pegan is also a College of Nursing student ambassador, which involves organizing many events and speaking at fundraisers and engagements. As an ambassador, Pegan has a presence in public relations, student recruitment and alumni and donor events for the student organization. She says her experience at Whitworth helped her prepare for this leadership role.

"At Whitworth I received both an education of both mind and heart," Pegan says."I grew spiritually and intellectually; and I was able to explore my beliefs."

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, (USA). The college enrolls 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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